<span class="var-sub_title">Bringing FPGAs to HPC Production Systems and Codes</span> SC18 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

Fourth International Workshop on Heterogeneous High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (H2RC'18)


Bringing FPGAs to HPC Production Systems and Codes

Authors: Christian Plessl (Paderborn University)

Abstract: FPGA architectures and development tools have made great strides towards a platform for high-performant and energy-efficient computing, competing head to head with other processor and accelerator technologies. While we have seen the first large-scale deployments of FPGAs in public and private clouds, FPGAs still have to make inroads in general purpose HPC systems. At the Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing, we are at the forefront of this development and have recently put "Noctua" our first HPC cluster with FPGAs into production.

In this talk, I will share some of the experiences we made on our journey from the planning, to the procurement to the installation of the Noctua cluster and highlight critical aspects for FPGAs and how we addressed them. Further, I will present results from on-going work to port libraries and MPI-parallel HPC codes to the 32 Intel Stratix 10 FPGA boards in our cluster.





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